Latest news

Recent news releases and decisions on ASIRT investigations.

  • March 30, 2020

    On March 26, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a 20-year-old man from the Sucker Creek First Nation, who went into medical distress immediately following his arrest.

  • March 19, 2020

    On March 30, 2017, ASIRT was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that resulted in serious injury to a 34-year-old man during a confrontation with an Edmonton Police Service (EPS) officer.

  • March 18, 2020

    On March 16, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 37-year-old man who was found unresponsive in a holding cell in the Edmonton Police Service detainee management unit (DMU).

  • March 9, 2020

    On March 6, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding serious injuries sustained by two males during a single-vehicle collision that followed contact with several members of the RCMP.

  • March 3, 2020

    On March 2, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an RCMP officer-involved shooting that occurred during a confrontation with a 54-year-old man that same day in the Porter Creek neighbourhood of Whitehorse, Yukon.

  • February 21, 2020

    On Feb. 20, 2020, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an Edmonton Police Service officer-involved shooting that took place earlier on that date in northwest Edmonton.

  • February 12, 2020

    On Feb. 11, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that took place in Blairmore that same day and resulted in the death of one man.

  • February 11, 2020

    On Feb. 10, 2020, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding a motor vehicle collision that occurred that same day in northeast Calgary and resulted in the death of a 21-year-old man and serious injury to an off-duty Calgary Police Service (CPS) officer.

  • February 4, 2020

    On Feb. 3, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an incident where a 15-year-old male youth was shot during an encounter with members of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS).

  • February 3, 2020

    On Feb. 2, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding two officer-involved shootings that took place in Lloydminster earlier that day and which resulted in the death of a 27-year-old man.

  • January 28, 2020

    On Nov. 6, 2018, ASIRT was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding injuries sustained in early October 2018 to a 23-year-old man during his arrest outside Pierceland, Sask. 

  • January 27, 2020

    On Sept. 9, 2017, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a 30-year-old man.

  • January 20, 2020

    On Aug. 14, 2018, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding a fatal motor vehicle accident that followed an encounter with the Strathcona County RCMP.

  • January 14, 2020

    On Oct. 19, 2017, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 26-year-old man who was shot during an interaction with members of the Gleichen RCMP that day.

  • January 14, 2020

    On Jan. 13, 2020, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that occurred northeast of Edmonton and resulted in serious injury to a 37-year-old man.

  • January 13, 2020

    On Jan. 11, 2020, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that took place in Cold Lake and resulted in serious injury to a 26-year-old man.

News archive

View any news release issued by ASIRT:

Timing

ASIRT issues a news release and, in time-sensitive situations, a tweet:

  • after the province’s director of law enforcement assigns ASIRT a file
  • at the conclusion of an ASIRT investigation

Exceptions

ASIRT’s executive director chooses when to issue news releases or tweets for investigations into Alberta police officers whose conduct:

  • may have caused serious injuries
  • may have caused death
  • has led to sexual assault allegations

Balancing transparency

When ASIRT issues a news release or tweet, the team strives to:

  • disclose as much information as possible to the public
  • protect the confidentiality of witnesses
  • guard the privacy rights of those involved
  • maintain the integrity of investigations

Revealing names

In its news releases and tweets, ASIRT does not usually include the names of people who have:

  • died
  • been seriously injured

Exceptions

ASIRT may reveal a person's identity in a news release or tweet based on:

  • the circumstances surrounding the incident
  • a combination of other factors, such as the:
    • requirements of an investigation
    • person's position on their name being released
    • family's position on the name of their deceased relative being released
    • person's age
    • person's name already being in the public domain
    • stage of an investigation
    • limitations imposed by law – Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Youth Criminal Justice Act, etc.